At the end of the fifties many women from the Dutch colony of Surinam left for the Netherlands to receive nurse's training. In Holland the hospitals had a shortage of staff. The women graduated and most of them stayed in Holland. During their training, in their free time or at parties they sought one another's company. The photo was taken on the occasion of nurse Irene Dongen's birthday. party. She serves Pom, a traditional Surinamese baked dish.
Read more in: Gert Oostindie, 'Postcolonial Migrants in the Netherlands: Identity Politics versus the Fragmentation of Community' in: Postcolonial Migrants and Identity Politics (New York 2012) 95-126